Star Wars: The Clone Wars - Episode III: Children of the Force
Carrying on from Episode II, the Separatists have taken control of the Outer Rim and launched an attack on the Planet Ryloth. With jedi master Di trapped on the surface, Anakin Skywalker leads an assault to break the blockade and free Ryloth.
With the Jedi distracted the evil lord of the Sith plans a strike on the Jedi Temple, which could spell the end of the jedi order.
- Blu-Ray (BD-25)
I have produced a classical Star Wars opening sequence.
The Movie is cut from Supply Lines, Storm over Ryloth, Innocents of Ryloth, Liberty on Ryloth, Evil Plans, Hostage Crisis, Holocron Heist, Cargo of Doom and Children of the Force to produce a single, flowing movie.
All scenes involving Todaria have been cut from Supply lines, leaving only the Ryloth Scenes.
Creature scenes cut from Innocents of Ryloth.
Initial battle scene from Liberty on Ryloth has been heavily cut and the scene of Mace Windu discussing battle plans has been moved forward.
Final Celebration scene cut from Libery on Ryloth.
Evils plans is intercut with Innocents of Ryloth and Liberty on Ryloth.
All scenes except the scenes directly involving Cad Bane have been Cut from Evil Plans.
Hostage Crisis is cut directly into Holocron Heist to produce a coherent story. All scenes involving Ziro have been cut from Hostage Crisis.
An additional space battle scene has been inserted between Holocron Heist and Cargo of Doom to produce a smooth story.
Another winner in this ongoing series from smudger9. This one combines two narratives rather seamlesslly. While the 2nd film is the most exciting, this one has plenty going for it. The usual qualms I have about the Clone Wars I've mentioned in other reviews; suffice it to say they still exist her, but that's not our intrepid editor's fault....those battle droid voices, basically, are what bother me. And, also.....why does Bane have to be such a Leone clone?
The strongest, most resilient point made in this and the other edits is, as I have mentioned, the perfectly realized character of Anakin. He starts here to show the barest signs of not having a good handle on his own identity with the force. By the 4th film this has started to slip again for him as it did in AOTC. The relationship between Anakin and Ashoka is quite strong by now, and it's the emphasis on those relationships, as well as the one between Anakin and Windu/Obi-Wan, that bring the entire series' weight back to your favorite ROTS edit.
IF, that is, you can abide by seeing Hayden take back over the role.
Smudger's Clone Wars fanedits are probably the most enjoyable fanedits all around I've seen so far. I've watched the first two parts and this 3rd part continues strong. However I don't personally think it's as good as the first two are.
The first part (Ryloth) is nearly perfect. I've always enjoyed the grand battles in Clone Wars and it's amazing how well they're done. Pacing, dialogue and the edit overall is very good. However after the strong start the Bane story starts to cut in and takes over for the latter part of the fanedit. The story is good, Bane is a great character and all but I felt exhausted towards the end. I feel the Bane story could have worked better as a separate fanedit or at least needed a bit of trimming.
Smudger has been doing good job editing out childish/stupid dialogue and character and the trend continues strong in this one as well. However there are some lines I personally would have edited out. For example at 00:08:02 when the admiral says "It's too late" and Anakin yells "Run for iiit!". The latter part feels a bit too childish for me. But then again the whole Clone Wars has full of those upbeat liners :)
There are some very small nitpicks about the video and audio. The scene transitions were quite good in this one. Only once or twice I felt the image cut too fast or in the wrong time. HD video quality and file size are great. So often the HD fanedits are too low in quality.
The audio somehow seems to lag a bit in the .m4v version at least, some ~100ms to be more precise. It's the same in the previous fanedits too. It may not be the same for everyone as people have different video players. It's all ok though as I'm used to shift the audio in my player. This really is a very small nitpick as it's barely noticeable.
Overall I'm very happy of smudger9's Clone Wars fanedits. They are so good and I wish that all Star Wars fans who didn't like Clone Wars initially could see these. They really make already a great series even better.
In a nutshell Episode III: Children of the Force was a lot of fun but a bit overwhelming experience due to its length and extensive Bane story arc.
Another triumph for smudger 9 who manages to fuse two interesting storylines to create a wild ride with plenty of action, mystery and tension.
Children of the force is a complicated arc but here all the best moments shine seamlessly and leave a bittersweet taste kwowing what's coming for those future jedi initiates.
The sieges of the outer rim also become more devastating and intense than ever, truly giving the Clone Wars an epic scope they never reached anywhere else.
Another really high quality release from Smudger9. This series is absolutely going to be the way I view the series when revisiting for extended marathons. Both due to the amount of time saved over the full series, and the fact that the storylines are just tightened up and made more mature and entertaining.
The audio and video cuts in this third episode are entirely seamless. The pace is well kept and consistent throughout the film, and he did a great job merging the storylines with one another. As others have pointed out, the bridging of one story arc to the next can be a little bit awkward. But he did a much better job with it than I would have thought possible, especially with the Bane stories. The source material (a serial cartoon) does not make it simple to pull off features, but smudger makes it work.
Another great edit from Smudger. The visual and audio edits were all top-notch with a few noticeable but not distracting line replacements. I felt that this edit ran a little too long and could have used some more trimming, especially in the opening Ryloth scenes. The attempt to tie Hostage Crisis and Holocron Heist together felt to me a bit forced and very disjointed. Especially the scene where Orn Free Taa was sent away to do seemingly nothing. But these are minor gripes, overall I enjoyed this edit and am very much looking forward to his next instalment.